Thursday, January 29, 2015

Are You Ready For Some Football!!

Superbowl Sunday...well I'm not sure about Football but I love when family gets together and we enjoy Superbowl party food!  Here are just a few ideas for your upcoming PARTAAY!

A must have...because it's so darn easy to make and can be assembled the day before for easy party prep!

Ham and Cheese Sliders
Find the recipe here HERE

Another Favorite...
Spinach Dip in a Souper Bread Bowl!

There are lots of recipes out there for Spinach Dip...this is our favorite:

Knorr Spinach Dip
1 box (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, cooked, cooled and squeezed dry 
1 container (16 oz.) sour cream* 
1 cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise 
1 package Knorr® Vegetable recipe mix 
1 can (8 oz.) water chestnuts, drained and chopped (optional) 
3 green onions, chopped (optional) 

Combine all ingredients and chill about 2 hours. Serve with your favorite dippers to your favorite people. 
*TIP: To lighten up dip, substitute 1 container (16 oz.) nonfat plain Greek yogurt.

Make it and then watch it disappear!

How about some of these ideas:

1. Dip clean, dry strawberries into melted chocolate chips.
2. Let chocolate set.
3. Pipe football lines on chocolate.
4. EAT!

I do guacamole the easy way.  From the grocery store!  Wholly Guacamole is the very best.  Or go to your favorite Mexican restaurant and order a tub.  Add tortilla chips!

Try semi-homemade.  Pick up your favorite wings, add celery sticks and dip.

Add some soda or Grandma's delicious Frappe
(Can you serve Frappe at a football party?? )

Oh!  And don't forget the Pigs in a Blanket!

Are you ready for some football FOOD!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Banana Bread Muffins - MMMmmm Monday

Kellie got this Banana Bread recipe from her friend Dawn back in 2007. She was nice enough to share with me and this is now my go to recipe for Banana Bread. They are super easy to make and really delicious. Next time you are looking at those black bananas on the counter your family never got around to eating - try this recipe. You will love it!

Banana Bread/Muffins

2/3 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
Mix and add 4 eggs
Mix and add 1 cup flour
Mix and add 2 cups blended Banana
Mix and add 1 cup flour
Mix and add 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp salt
Mix and add 1 cup flour
Mix and add 1 tsp baking powder and 1/2 cup flour
1 bag chocolate chips (optional)

Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes (22 minutes for muffins)


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Zucchini, Mushroom & Pepper Frittata - MMMmmm Monday

1. I know it's not Monday
2. Kellie and I have been on a bit of a blog vacation
3. I realized today that I have a really hard time spelling zucchini

I wanted to share with you a DELICIOUS recipe I got from my friend Katie. She served it at her daughter's baby shower and I couldn't get enough. I had to ask for the recipe so I could make it myself at home. It's really yummy! She got the recipe from a Bed & Breakfast in Nevada City, California.

I hope you will try it out. It's very simple to make. I didnt have a springform pan, so I just used a 9x13 casserole dish and it turned out fine. I think a springform might make the crust a little crustier and it would be taller.

Zucchini, Mushroom & Pepper Frittata

1/2 each red & yellow peppers, chopped in 1/2 inch pieces
10 mushrooms, thinly sliced like a pie from the center
2 Zucchini, chopped in 1/4 inch pieces
1 small onion, chopped
1 lg garlic clove, minced
2 Tbsp. Butter
6 Eggs
1/4 c. Light Cream
1 lb. (16oz) Cream Cheese
2 C. Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
2 C. Sourdough Bread, cubed
1 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Pepper

Saute peppers. mushrooms, zucchini, onion and garlic in butter until zucchini is crisp-tender. Cool Slightly.
In blender, beat eggs with cream. Add cream cheese. In a large bowl, combine egg mixture, cheddar cheese, bread, salt, pepper and cooled, sauteed vegetables. Mix well. Pour into greased, 10 inch springform pan. 

Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 1 hour or until set in center. Cool for 10 minutes before cutting.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Glimmer Lights Create Christmas Magic

 While out doing some last minute shopping I ran across a bit of Christmas magic!  Glimmer Strings.  Beautiful magical, battery-powered LED string lights.

Pier 1 sells both white and amber colored lights.

They make a somewhat ordinary lantern...

Extraordinary and...


May the magic of Christmas surround you and yours.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Amy's Cheese Ball


I promised to share a few of my recipes from the appetizers I served at the Baby It's Cold Outside baby shower last week.  Here is your first installment.

Amy and I have have been friends for several years now and I'm a much better person for knowing her!  She whips together parties, play groups and all types of other fun in just minutes.  Don't know how she does all that she does but I'm grateful to be along for the ride!

Amy is also the founder of  My Story Matters.  I attended a board meeting recently where she served a plate of goodness.  This fabulous cheeseball with crackers, fruit and other dipping type edibles.

Don't you just love this moose!  Reminds me of my nephew serving a mission in Canada.  Do they call them Canucks?

Back to the cheeseball...I served it with crackers and a Hickory Farms Beef log.  Instead of rolling the cheeseball in nuts we framed the ball with pomegranates.  
So fresh and festive.

Amy’s Cheese Ball

1-8 oz cream cheese
1 tbsp. mayo
1 tbsp. lemon juice
Chopped green onion
Diced ham

Mix and chill.  Roll in nuts or pomegranates (if desired).  Can make a double batch and take as needed for holiday parties.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Cheer! Peanut Butter Swirl & Peppermint Bark-MMMmmm Monday

Are we having fun yet!  
SIMPLIFY has been a word that keeps running through my thoughts this year.  I've always disliked that word because it often becomes an excuse to do nothing.
I'm beginning to see-the-light!  

As I pulled out the Christmas boxes laden with all kinds of bulbs, bows and beautiful, sparkly fun I decided to make a decision right then and simplify.

What was most important in those boxes of Christmas fluff?  Well, there were a lot of important, meaningful, wonderful things that have created beautiful Christmas memories through the years.  I kept those items.

The other things...It was a nice feeling to donate those to a couple of  local charities.  

We've all heard the phrase, Less is More. 
That was the first gift of Christmas I gave myself this year.

In keeping with simplicity I wanted to share two recipes that have been around my holiday kitchen for many years.  

A fast holiday treat to give away or just to eat!

P-Nut Butter Swirl
2 large pkgs. of white chocolate chips-(Guittard or Girradelli)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 regular size Hershey bar

Melt vanilla chips on stove top or microwave.  Add peanut butter to melted mixture.  Pour onto greased (or parchments paper) 9X13 jelly roll pan.  Drizzle choc. bar across top of mixture in pan.  Run knife lengthwise then widthwise to score.  Refrigerate for 20 min.  Can be cut into bars/bite size pieces.

Peppermint Bark
2 large pkgs. white chocolate chips
candy canes
peppermint flavoring
red food coloring

Melt white chocolate on stove top or microwave oven.  Add ground up canes and peppermint flavoring (to taste) and pink tinge of food coloring.  Pour onto wax paper or cookie sheet.  Cool and Break into pieces.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Peppermint Chocolate Caramel Dipped Marshmallows

One of my favorite (and I have many) homemade treats during the holidays are these scrumptious dipped marshmallows.

They are not hard to make, just a bit of a process. 

Don't these look like toadstools!

The finished product looks festive and fabulous.  
Good enough to eat!

Serve them in little candy cups, on a sleigh!  Or packaged for neighbor gifts.

Prepare Caramel sauce and cool slightly.  Dip 3/4 of a large marshmallow into caramel sauce, being careful not to burn fingers and place on parchment paper until set.  

Melt in microwave 1 bag of Guittard milk chocolate chips.  (Guittard seems to be the best for dipping).  Once caramel marshmallow is “dry” dip 1/2 the marshmallow into melted choc. chips then place on parchment paper.  While still “wet” sprinkle a light smattering of crushed peppermint
on top. 

Makes about 20-25 marshmallows.

Caramel for Dipping
½ cup butter
½ cup & 2 Tsp. Brown sugar
½ cup corn syrup
1 can sweetened condensed milk
dash of salt
½ tsp. Vanilla

Melt butter in  sauce pan-add brown sugar, stir until dissolved.  Stir in corn syrup and sweetened condensed milk and salt.  Stir constantly on med. heat until a soft ball forms (15 – 20 min).  

When reaches soft ball stage (I use a candy thermometer) remove from heat, add vanilla.  Let cool slightly.  

Dip marshmallows, pretzel rods, cookies, etc.  Place in refrigerator until set.

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